I love how the simplest things can trigger a long forgotten memory.
Today I saw a travel brochure that featured the Egyptian pyramids.
I immediately flashed back to my 6th grade social studies class.
We have a project due and I had decided on making a replica of
a pyramid. I had crafted the shape of the pyramid from cardboard
and wanted to cover it in the same stuff I had made "salt maps" from for
earlier projects. Young people these days have zero idea what I'm
talking about when I reference "salt maps".
It was a concoction of salt, flour and water, that when blended
properly, would allow you to fashion topographical features onto
the outline of a map that you had drawn on a piece of plywood.
You used food coloring to denote different features.
Blue for water. Green for land.
But for the pyramid, I needed brown.
I was at a loss, until my Dad came up with the perfect remedy.
Instead of using water, why not try using coffee?
And so I did.
It gave the mixture a very realistic desert appearance.
I presented my pyramid.
It looked great.
I received an "A" from my teacher.
While I can't prove that I'm a unique case, I can tell you
that I'm the only student that I've ever heard of to get an "A"
because their teacher loved the way a project smelled...